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Gustave Whitehead's Last Hurrah

Carroll F. Gray | Posted 05.26.2015 | Science
Carroll F. Gray

Anyone who has been paying close attention to the argument over whether Gustave Whitehead or Wilbur and Orville Wright flew first, can see that the recent attempt to promote Whitehead is in a state of collapse.

Dear Tor Hagen, CEO Viking Cruise Lines...

Jean Newman Glock | Posted 05.15.2015 | Travel
Jean Newman Glock

On the eve of the christening of your first ocean going ship, Viking Star, I hope you won't mind my sharing a personal note with a few readers. Our past goes back many years and has had it's ups and downs.

Guess Who Discovered Gustave Whitehead...
(It Wasn't Stella Randolph)

Carroll F. Gray | Posted 05.26.2015 | Science
Carroll F. Gray

Were it not for Paul Garber of the Smithsonian's National Museum, Section of Aeronautics (the predecessor of the National Air & Space Museum), Gustave Whitehead would likely have remained a relatively unknown aeronautical tinkerer.

Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 05.10.2015 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the incredible diversity within our community and the significant contributions of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders to this nation. It is also a time to reflect on the trials and tribulations our community.

Beneath the Debate of the Washington 'Redskins' Name is an Underlying Truth: The Vast Majority of Americans Have a Limited -- and Often Mistaken -- Understanding of Native American History

National Museum of the American Indian | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
National Museum of the American Indian

The controversy surrounding the Washington football team name is in some ways a bellwether. Americans do not know enough about our shared history even to be properly offended at the lack of an inclusive narrative that illuminates the history of this continent in all of its complexity.

The Passion and Perseverance of Dr. Johnnetta Cole

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 05.04.2015 | Arts
Ola Ojewumi

In the field of higher education, there is no one more iconic than Dr. Johnnetta Cole. She is revered for her achievements as the first African American woman president of Spelman College and Bennett College.

Art and Climate Change - Inspiring a Sustainable Future

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 04.15.2015 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

Art allows people to relate to vast and often unfathomable concepts by engaging the heart and the senses. Art can break down big issues, like climate change, into small, digestible pieces.

Kate Sheppard

Scientists Call On Smithsonian And Other Museums To Reject Fossil Fuel Funding

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of prominent scientists is lobbying science museums in the United States to stop accepting funding from fossil fuel interests. ...

Scientists Discover Key Factor In How Whales Evolved From Land To Sea Mammals

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 03.12.2015 | Green

When it comes to hearing underwater, most mammals' ears just aren’t up to the task. For humans, it’s partly because the density of our eardrums...

These Photo Contest Finalists Remind Us How Stunning The Natural World Really Is

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 03.10.2015 | Green

Smithsonian Magazine announced the finalists of their 12th annual photo contest last week and they are nothing short of spectacular. Photographers ...

Striking Photos Of Our Wonderful World

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 03.09.2015 | World

The best photographers have the power to transport you to another place and wonder at the world anew. The finalists in Smithsonian magazine's 12th Ann...

Behind the Scenes With Pum Lefebure - In Celebration of International Women's Day

Sherry Moeller | Posted 05.09.2015 | Style
Sherry Moeller

With a firm belief in combining work and life for that perfect balance, Lefebure's latest project includes two stunning videos for The Washington Ballet's Sleepy Hollow that debuted last month.

Recap: 2015 National AAPI Community Google+ Hangout

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 05.05.2015 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

On February 25, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders held its second National Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Community Google+ Hangout.

Museums Are Working On Banning Selfie Sticks To Keep Their Art Safe

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 02.18.2015 | Travel

If you have plans to museum hop on your next vacation, be prepared to leave your selfie stick behind. Selfie sticks, which rose to popularity in 2...

What Might Have Been; Treaties and Nation-Building

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 04.05.2015 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

Nation to Nation; Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations, the recently installed exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian, is one of the most difficult and troubling exhibitions I've ever experienced. It is also the best history exhibition I've seen at the Smithsonian.

5 Ways to Unlock Art for Kids

Sarah Virginia White | Posted 02.18.2015 | Parents
Sarah Virginia White

What parent hasn't watched their kid come alive during a single joyful session of finger painting on butcher paper? Enjoyment-wise, it's a no brainer, plus art participation boosts a child's development in terms of visual communication, creativity, and self-expression.

New Portrait Shows Obama Like You've Never Seen Him Before

The Huffington Post | Donte Stallworth | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics

The University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies is partnering with the Smithsonian Institution to create a 3-D presidentia...

City By City: Variations In The Arts Ecology

Michael Kaiser | Posted 12.20.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

If the highest quality arts are to be accessible to everyone, after all, some of these regional differences must be eliminated in the coming years.

Into the Wilderness

Mary Ellen Hannibal | Posted 12.14.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Hannibal

Last night I wrangled a Litquake event in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act made great by the writers who joined me and by a smart, ...

Climate Change and the Smithsonian

Asoka Bandarage | Posted 12.14.2014 | Green
Asoka Bandarage

We applaud the scientists and other Smithsonian personnel for coming forward to address the decisive issue of climate at this critical time. However, we do need to point out some lapses and contradictions in the Smithsonian's approach to climate change.

Take A Peek Inside 10 Famous Artists' Notebooks And Get Inspired To Create

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 10.13.2014 | Arts

Diaries. Leonardo da Vinci famously kept one, filled with a flurry of text and 15th century illustrations. During the 1800s Vincent van Gogh buried hi...

A New Shade of Green; The Anthropocene, Climate Change and Latinos

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 12.01.2014 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

As the Smithsonian unveils its new programming around theme of Anthropocene; Earth in the Age of Humans program, it is important to not only underscore that Latinos are actively involved in this issue, but to also understand why too many in our community are negatively impacted by the effects of climate change.

WATCH: 'Will And Grace' And Other LGBT Artifacts Hit The Smithsonian

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.12.2014 | Gay Voices

An awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history is crucial -- and The Smithsonian is making an active effort to help queers plac...

LGBT History Added To Smithsonian Institution's Collection

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 10.19.2014 | Gay Voices

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people ar...

Pocahontas' First Marriage: The Powhatan Side of the Story

National Museum of the American Indian | Posted 10.09.2014 | Arts
National Museum of the American Indian

As Virginia institutions celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Pocahontas-Rolfe marriage this year, a crucial event in the Commonwealth's venerable self-image, we should recognize that existing Native traditions put it in a very different perspective.